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Metal Trivia 2

Posted: May 26, 2007 in Metal Trivia Question

What band did Pete Willis, Clive Burr, Paul Di’anno, Janick Gers, and Neil Murray play in together?

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Christine Sixteen 2 – Another High School Tribute To KISS (2007)

  1. Jungle
  2. Baby Driver
  3. Got Love For Sale
  4. War Machine
  5. Shock Me
  6. Deuce
  7. God Of Thunder
  8. Watchin’ You
  9. Master & Slave
  10. Creatures Of The Night
  11. Larger Than Life
  12. 100,000 Years
  13. Dirty Livin’
  14. Charisma
  15. Into The Night
  16. Black Diamond
  17. An interview with Gene Simmons by Mitch LaFon (6/9/80)

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The Singers (L-R): Nicolas Maurais (Track 15), Cassandra Markey (Tracks 3, 5, & 12), Cassandra Goudreau (Tracks 1, 10, & 16), Nadia Goudreau (6 & 11), Jessica Dionne (Tracks 8 & 14), Jessica Scalabrini (2, 4, 7, & 13), & Carolyne Bedard (Track 11).

Not Pictured: Jessika Groleau (Track 9)

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The Band (L-R): David Berube, Francis Riendeau, & Pascal Madore

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Angelo Coppola – Drums on tracks 6, 7, & 8

Produced by: Patrice Beaudette

Total Time – 1:18:30

Christine Sixteen 2 website
Christine Sixteen @ MySpace
KISS Museum

I really enjoyed the first Christine Sixteen Tribute To KISS and I’m happy to say that the second tribute is as good, if not better, than the first. For those unfamiliar with the project, Patrice Beaudette (Teacher/Producer) decided to start a class project with teens from the Quebec high school he teaches at. The result? One of the most original, and professional, tribute albums to date.

First, let me say that these young men and women perform like seasoned professionals. The music is top notch and the vocals very well done. This is a truly unique concept: using high school students to record an album. Just the effort alone is enough to grab my attention. Second, the production is flawless. This is an album that everyone involved in should be proud of.

Like the first album, the setlist is very diverse, representing multiple eras of KISS. There are some real deep tracks from the KISS Katalog: ‘Baby Driver’, ‘Got Love For Sale’, ‘Larger Than Life’, ‘Charisma’, ‘Dirty Livin’, and ‘Into The Night’ (from the Frehley’s Comet debut). As a KISS fan, I get tired of hearing the concert staples the band performs, I enjoy the more obscure songs. To hear ‘Jungle’ or ‘Baby Driver’ done so well by students makes me appreciate the original music, and the band, that much more.

As a bonus, the album concludes with an audio interview with Gene Simmons from June 1980 by Mitch LaFon (at age 11) and his mother, Dr. Marianne Stenbaek. What is interesting here is that Gene answers many questions invovlving the recording of UNMASKED, the idea of KISS World, Peter Criss’ departure, etc. What I found most interesting is when Gene answers young Mitch’s questions. How refreshing to here Mr. Gene $immons answering questions from an 11 year old. A very intelligent and informative interview.

Bottom Line:
It’s a KISS tribute album with a concept so original and unique that makes it a great album. I’m not usually a fan of cover songs on band’s albums but I do enjoy good tribute albums. Favorite songs: ‘Baby Driver’, ‘Dirty Livin’, ‘Charisma’, & ‘Black Diamond’. Actually, I like every song on the record. Christine Sixteen 2 builds on the strong foundation of the first record, showcasing the talents of the young men and women who perform admirably. If you are a KISS fan, this is essential. If you support the younger generation in their musical aspirations, this is a must. 

Special thanks to my friend Patrice Beaudette for thanking me in the liner notes and also posting a banner and link for Heavy Metal Addiction. When a project this special comes around, it is an honor to help spread the word.

Only 600 copies were pressed, so this is a limited edition release. Copies are available exclusively at the KISS Museum.

Nothing really had me ready to spend this week but I did make it out to the local shop Tuesday. On the list: the new Ozzy album and, hopefully, the new Scorpions disc. With my $3 off coupon for the Ozzy album, I started the hunt…..

Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain – $9.99: Wasn’t going to pass up a new Ozzy album for 10 bucks, especially when you can get two free tickets to Ozzfest with it! The artwork, or lack of, was different than what I’d seen on the Net but I snatched it anyway.

Southern Lord sampler CD – Free: Nothing better than getting something for free. 11 bands, 11 songs…..I’ll listen to see if there’s anything good.

Unfortunately, there was no Scorpions album, I’ll order online. Puzzled by the Ozzy artwork, I went to Best Buy and Target to make sure I got the right CD. Sure enough, they all had the same plain, drab digipak without art. Not sure what te deal is with that. Maybe a limited edition? I’d sacrifice the two free tickets for a jewel case, artwork, and booklet.

Christine Sixteen 2 cover 

CHRISTINE SIXTEEN 2: ANOTHER HIGH-SCHOOL TRIBUTE TO KISS PRESS RELEASEI’m proud to announce that CHRISTINE SIXTEEN 2: ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL TRIBUTE TO KISS is now available. Kiss fans will be able to buy it from KISS MUSEUM in the coming weeks.

We are really proud of the final product which sounds heavier and more achieved than last year.

The CD has been pressed at 600 copies this time around. The project, just like last year, is still a non-profit venture to encourage teenagers to experiment a style of music that they are not usually familiar with. It also gives them the chance to go to professional recording studio and experiment some media frenzy.

We are also very pleased to welcome kid sensation drummer Angelo Coppola on board. Angelo rocks on three tracks on the new CD.

Patrice Beaudette (Producer)

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I would like to let you all know that I have received a copy of this new CD and it is excellent. Patrice and the kids did another outstanding job. It is such a unique concept for a tribute album, I hope they continue with other bands also.

If you want more information, please visit High School Tributes or KISS Museum. You can also read my review of the first Christine Sixteen tribute here.

—– Steve